Wine For Dummies

Wine For Dummies

Ed McCarthy

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 1118288726

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The #1 wine book—now updated!

The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.

Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been updated! If you're a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies will get you up to speed on what's in and help you take your hobby to the next level. If you're new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you've been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics, like navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering wine labels, dislodging stubborn corks, and so much more.

  • Includes updated information on wine regions throughout the world, including the changes that have taken place in Chile, Argentina, parts of Eastern Europe, the Mt. Etna region in Sicily, among other wine regions in Italy and California's Sonoma Coast
  • Covers what's happening in the "Old World" of wine, including France, Italy, and Spain, and gets you up-to-speed on what's hot (and what's not) in the "New World" of Wine, including the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand
  • Features updated vintage charts and price guidelines
  • Covers wine bloggers and the use of smartphone apps

Wine For Dummies is not just a great resource and reference, it's a good read. It's full-bodied, yet, yet crisp...robust, yet refreshing....

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from rotted grapes The wines we lump together as fortified wines and dessert wines aren’t mainstream beverages that you want to drink every day. Some of them are much higher in alcohol than regular wines, and some of them are extremely sweet (and rare and expensive!). They’re the wine equivalent of really good candy — delicious enough that you can get carried away if you let yourself indulge daily. So you treat them as treats, a glass before or after dinner, a bottle when company comes, a

Chapter 15: Fortified and Dessert Wines 299 Another Portuguese classic One of the great dessert wines made mainly added to stop fermentation. Like Port, it’s a rich, from the white or pink Muscat grape is Setúbal long-lasting wine. The most important producer (SHTOO bahl). Produced just south of Lisbon, is J. M. da Fonseca. Setúbal is made similarly to Port, with alcohol Serve Port at cool room temperature, 64°F (18°C), although tawny Port can be an invigorating pick-me-up when served

relatively new, high-tech winemaking technique involves feeding miniscule, controlled amounts of oxygen into a wine during or after fermentation. One effect is that it can mimic the gentle, steady exposure to oxygen that barrel-aged red wines receive as they mature in wood, and can thus help red wines develop softer tannins and more stable color without any actual use of oak. You hear this term, sometimes abbreviated as microx, thrown around in technical circles . ߜ Fining and filtering:

consults for various wineries and also owns three properties, Ramos has a golden touch and yet maintains the typicity of his wines. Some wines sell under his own name; others are Marquês de Borba and Vila Santa. Germany: Europe’s Individualist German wines march to the beat of a different drummer. They come in mainly one color: white. They’re fruity in style, low in alcohol, rarely oaked, and often off-dry or sweet. Their labels carry grape names, which is an anomaly in Europe. Germany is the

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